Training more machinists in Immokalee
Special from the Naples Daily News:
In Immokalee, a new training program is churning out machinists.
The Immokalee Technical Center, also known as iTech, is the first to offer the program, called "Foundations of Machining." It's the result of a collaborative effort between local businesses and high-tech centers in Lee and Collier counties to fill a need.
Soon, the four-week program will be rolled out at the Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology in East Naples and the Fort Myers Institute of Technology.
Jim Wall, business development director for Southwest Florida Works, described the cooperation as monumental, saying this could be the first time educational institutions have worked side-by-side with businesses to develop a regional curriculum to solve a workforce problem — a shortage of machinists.
"The vo-tech centers were at the table literally," he said. "Usually, in the past they've said, 'Well, here's our material.'"
Read more in the Naples Daily News.